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Matchbook charging players 0.2% for offers made

10.20.2009


Reports were received stating that Matchbook (SBR rating A-) has incorrectly charged players that make offers 0.2% commission per accepted offer for the last seven days. Matchbook's written policy regarding offers is that any player who makes an offer is paid 0.2% for each offer that is accepted, while charging the player that accepts the offer a 1% commission. The policy was enacted on March 17th. SBR will update this report pending Matchbook management addressing the situation.

Matchbook's rule:

From Mar 17, Matchbook has dramatically cut commissions by eliminating our 2% net-win commission system and shifting to a much simpler volume-based one.If you post an offer that is accepted, not only is there no fee, but Matchbook will pay you 0.2%. As demonstrated lately on many financial exchanges, liquidity explodes when people are paid to make offers.

Stryyke slowpay received

10.19.2009


A Stryyke (SBR rating D+) player has contacted SBR. The player requested a withdrawal of €602 on September 21st. Stryyke has to this point cleared slowpay reports received. SBR will communicate with Stryyke management regarding the latest slowpay complaint.

128 Man Handicapping Tournament: Congrats Untilthendoftime!

10.18.2009


Congrats to 128 Man Handicapping tournament winner Untilthendoftime! The SBRforum poster won $1250 after besting the field in the $3250 SBRpicks bracket tourney. SBRpicks.com offers many free, no-requirement handicapping contests. | View Handicapping Contests forum.

WillHill yet to grade four-month old tennis wager

10.18.2009


Editor's update: This matter was resolved.

WillHill (SBR rating A) has yet to grade the tennis match between Oscar Hernandez and Daniel Koellerer which took place June 5th. A player had a winning wager on Hernandez, yet was not credited his funds due to irregular line movement which prompted WillHill to launch an investigation into the match.

WillHill: "We are awaiting the decision from our Management. Rest assured that as long as  we have the decision, we will settle your bet the soonest possible time. We are  hoping for your further patience and understanding regarding this important  matter. Our relevant department is doing their best to get a resolution on  this."

24SportsWeb slowpay reports

10.17.2009


24SportsWeb (SBR rating C-) owes four players $8290. The payment requests range from as early as June, with the rest requested in August. 24SportsWeb has stated to players that Moneybookers is 'no good' to use as a withdrawal option. One player agreed to accept a bankwire in its place and has yet to receive his funds. Another player was sent a check with a tracking number that shows no activity. SBR advises players to cease wagering activity with 24SportsWeb until outstanding balances are paid.

GamblersPalace retroactively changing bonus terms?

10.16.2009


A GamblersPalace (SBR rating C) player has stated that bonus terms were retroactively changed against him and that $3000 worth of withdrawals were cancelled. The player states GamblerPalace informed him he has an additional $4000 of rollover to meet. The player claims he confirmed the terms of the offer with GamblersPalace. SBR will investigate further.

Skybook (SBR rating B-) encountering website issues

10.16.2009


Skybook has informed SBR that its main website has went down while registry issues are being fixed. Players can log onto Skybooksports.com to access their Skybook account. Skybook expects website access to be restored within the hour.

BetAfterBet update

10.15.2009


BetAfterBet (SBR rating D) slowpay reports continue to flood the SBR mailbox. As of today BetAfterBet owes €23,924.60 to 24 players. BetAfterBet has blamed the delays on having to manually process payments requested via their software, and on the number of payments which have been requested.

BetAfterbet:

Please do rest assured that your money is safe and the delay of the payout has not in any way been linked to financial difficuties of the company. It is indeed due to the large number of withdrawals which are being processed manually. Let us explain in more detail what exactly happened, so that you may gain a better perspective of the situation. All withdrawals arecurrently processed manually, due to a technical and communication issue
between our system and the third party processing systems. Further to that, most withdrawals currently are first time withdrawals, therefore, the process of the payouts includes not only an authorisation of the payout amount but also documentation verification and review of each account and the activity on it. This is due to stricter security procedures implemented for first time withdrawals.

 

BetFirstClass pays player for cancelled wager

10.15.2009


BetFirstClass (SBR rating D+) has stated that they have credited the player from SBR's October 4th report; the player whose winning parlay was voided due to what was considered excessive correlation. BetFirstClass has stated to SBR that they have now disabled these parlays from being accepted via the software. The parlays in question have pointspreads that make up 30% or more than the total.

Sportsbetting.com freezes players account to verify identity

10.14.2009


Sportsbetting.com (SBR rating C-) has frozen a player's account which held a $3241 balance pending identity verification. The player obliged the sportsbook's request. 10 days has elapsed and the player remains unable to access his account, his email queries since that time have went unanswered. SBR will update this report after communicating with Sportsbetting.com management.

Skytower (SBR rating C) slowpay report

10.13.2009


A slowpay report has been levied against Skytower (SBR rating C). The player requested $4975 on June 29th. The player has been sent three payments toward his balance and is still owed $2605. SBR advises players experiencing  slowpay issues from Skytower to file a sportsbook complaint form.

SBRforum's Peter Loshak reports how the sportsbook fared in week 5

10.12.2009


SBRforum and SBR.TV contributor Peter Loshak shares his insight on how the sportsbooks fared in Week 5.

 

It was an interesting week for the house, as they did well on some games, got killed on others, and narrowly avoided getting killed on teasers. I spoke with the head linesman at BookMaker, who got into some specifics with me.

The worst game on the card for the house was in the NFL, Atlanta/SF. Big sharp action and the public were all on Atlanta, as was yours truly as well. And as many people have already guessed, the 10-point win by Florida in Florida/LSU was a colossal disaster for the books, with the big back-and-forth live movements leaving the house wide open for a middle, which was exactly what wound up happening.


To read the rest of Peter's article, view Monday Night Football action shows public big on the Jets.

 

Betclick freezes €5000 citing ''security investigation''

10.12.2009
On August 20th Betclick (not rated) locked a player's account, holding a €5000 balance, citing a security investigation. Betclick has not requested documents from the player to verify identity. The player states he "has every intention of supplying any information requested". BetClick is no longer responding to the player and has not offered details or reason for investigation. SBR will inquire with BetClick on the status of the investigation.

128 Man Handicapping Contest in Final 4

10.11.2009


SBR's $3,250 Handicapping Bracket contest is in its Final 4 round. The remaining contestants are SBRforum posters ShamsWoof10, Untiltheendoftime, Bestplay2day and tim0402. Several free, no requirement contests are running on SBRpicks.

10.10.2009


Additional Heroes Sports (SBR rating D+) slowpay complaints have been received. As of July 1st Heroes owed 11 players over $60,000. These players have been paid but four new reports have surfaced totaling $19,942 in player funds owed.  When Heroes management was asked about these players and payments in general, Heroes replied that players are "in line to be paid". Heroes also lost Moneybookers as a funding/payout method for its bettors; Moneybookers dropping Heroes as a merchant account would indicate widespread complaints from its users. SBR advises all Heroes players to discontinue wagering with this outfit until delinquent accounts have been settled.

10Bet player who was under investigation paid in full

10.10.2009


On September 10th SBR reported on a 10Bet player who was owed £5005 since July 24th. The player received little to no email assistance other than the accounting department was looking into the payout status. After SBR made contact 10Bet informed SBR the player was being investigated for a fraudulent transaction. The player has been cleared of any wrongdoing and paid in full.

BFC canceled winning wager update

10.08.2009


BetFirstClass (SBR rating D+) informs SBR it will update its software so that "correlated" parlays with 30% total to pointspread correlation cannot be placed. Although the player from SBR's October 4th report has decided to no longer pursue his funds for his voided winning wager and is content to know the rule now exists, BetFirstClass has refused to honor the bet that it booked. BetFirstClass' rating has reverted to D+. SBR will monitor the situation with the book's software flaws and policies regarding canceling wagers where funds were at risk.

Dimeline continues to delay payout of "steam player"

10.07.2009


Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) has continued to delay the payout of a player that it has labeled a professional bettor. The player requested $2000 on June 18th and $2000 in mid-July. Neither withdrawal has been paid by Dimeline. SBR advises players to avoid Dimeline until multiple slowpay reports are resolved.

Dimeline: "Sir, at this time we do not have the Moneybookers funds to pay you. Your account was also labeled as a wiseguy account. This means you bet steam and are clearly a professional which is against our bonus terms. You will be paid but it will be another 30 days minimum. "

Dimeline continues to delay payout of "steam player"

10.07.2009


Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) has continued to delay the payout of a player that it has labeled a professional bettor. The player requested $2000 on June 18th and $2000 in mid-July. Neither withdrawal has been paid by Dimeline. SBR advises players to avoid Dimeline until multiple slowpay reports are resolved.

Dimeline: "Sir, at this time we do not have the Moneybookers funds to pay you. Your account was also labeled as a wiseguy account. This means you bet steam and are clearly a professional which is against our bonus terms. You will be paid but it will be another 30 days minimum. "

Dimeline continues to delay payout of "steam player"

10.07.2009


Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) has continued to delay the payout of a player that it has labeled a professional bettor. The player requested $2000 on June 18th and $2000 in mid-July. Neither withdrawal has been paid by Dimeline. SBR advises players to avoid Dimeline until multiple slowpay reports are resolved.

Dimeline: "Sir, at this time we do not have the Moneybookers funds to pay you. Your account was also labeled as a wiseguy account. This means you bet steam and are clearly a professional which is against our bonus terms. You will be paid but it will be another 30 days minimum. "

Dimeline continues to delay payout of "steam player"

10.07.2009


Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D) has continued to delay the payout of a player that it has labeled a professional bettor. The player requested $2000 on June 18th and $2000 in mid-July. Neither withdrawal has been paid by Dimeline. SBR advises players to avoid Dimeline until multiple slowpay reports are resolved.

Dimeline: "Sir, at this time we do not have the Moneybookers funds to pay you. Your account was also labeled as a wiseguy account. This means you bet steam and are clearly a professional which is against our bonus terms. You will be paid but it will be another 30 days minimum. "

Beat The Prick Football Contest: Week 5 Open

10.06.2009


There is still time to enter four picks for Week 5 of SBR's annual Beat The Prick Football Handicapping Contest. There is no deposit required to play, simply log onto SBR's free contest platform, SBRpicks.com, and register to join the fun! Beat The Prick offers $5,000 a week in cash, sponsored by the industry's best online sportsbooks. Enter your picks | More Free Handicapping Contests